Wiseguy the Owl
Publication Information

Hakuna Matata


1995 – 1997



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Wiseguy the Owl is a magazine story inspired by The Lion King. It was published in one issue of The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series as part of the Hakuna Matata magazine series.


A wise owl nicknamed Wiseguy predicts a coming eclipse.


Wiseguy the Owl begins by introducing Simba, the self-exiled prince of the Pride Lands, and his two friends, Timon and Pumbaa. At the start of the story, a terrible storm is descending on the savanna. During the chaos, a bolt of lightning strikes a tree, toppling it to the ground, and an owl finds himself trapped in a hole in the trunk. Luckily, Pumbaa, Simba, and Timon spot him fluttering around in a panic, and they work together to free him from the confines of the tree.

While the owl catches his breath, he hitches a ride with the friends, who stop at a mud hole for a bout of mud-bathing. Just before Pumbaa can sink into the mud, however, the owl warns him to stay away from the mud, and the friends realize that the mud is actually quicksand. After this, the owl, whom the friends nickname Wiseguy, continues to prove his smarts, warning the friends of danger and showing them nifty tricks.

One day, Wiseguy hoots mysteriously that a great darkness is coming. After this, the friends encounter strange phenomena, such as a cloud of insects and bats taking off from the depths of a cave, but Wiseguy insists that more is to come. Sure enough, darkness begins to fall as a total eclipse of the sun takes place in the sky above them. In awe of Wiseguy's knowledge, Pumbaa anxiously asks the owl how he had known that this would happen, but Wiseguy mysteriously disappears into the darkness.